Do you have a child that is in the market for a home? Have you thought about holding a mortgage? If you look at the long term pay back you can have monthly income and earn interest from funding the purchase (loan/mortgage) of a home for your child or family member. Where else can you get a pay out -earn interest and not take a huge risk. Talk to your financial advisor and ask for a comparison to an annuity. You can fund it 10 -20 - 30 years and if you have a mortgage so it is secured with the house. Not meant to be financial advise but something for you to consider.